Place is Kadiri, Anantapur District, Residual Andhra Pradesh State, India. Occasion, a house warming ceremony. Present: Our great great Preacher ParipUrNAnanda Saraswati, self-appointed Head of Sripitham, Kakinada. Date: Approx. 11th March 2016. Public Preaching: Sakshi Newspaper. Link: Click here if you wish to go to Sakshi Newspaper and read the original report. Our Sage advised people to breed four children per family. First one to go to Save the Country. The second one is to look after parents. The third and fourth children, for earning money. Our Sage has also advised people to allocate a Room for Praying, and spend at least half an hour per day on praying.
"...దేశ జనాభా పెరిగిపోతోందన్న బెంగ అక్కర్లేదు. ప్రతి ఒక్కరూ నలుగుర్ని కనండి. వారిలో ఒకరిని దేశసేవ కోసం పంపండి. ఇంకొకరు తల్లిదండ్రులను చూసుకుంటారు. మిగిలిన ఇద్దరూ సంపాదించడానికి సరిపోతారు ..."
Approx. English: "...No need to worry about the Population Explosion (in this country). Every one of you, breed four (children). Send on of them to serve the country. Another person will take care of parents. The remaining two persons will be enough to earn money. ..."
"...దేవుణ్ని కొలిచేందుకు ఆలయానికి వెళ్లేందుకు తనకు సమయం సరిపోవడం లేదని కొందరు చెబుతుంటారు. ఇది సరికాదు. భగవంతుణ్ని స్మరించడానికి రోజులో అరగంట కేటాయించాలి. ప్రతి ఇంట్లో పూజ గది ఉంటుంది. అది దేవుడి కోసం కాదు.. ఆయన్ను స్మరించుకోవడానికి నీవు కేటాయించుకున్న గది..."
Approx. English: "...Some persons say that they are unable to find time to go temple and pray God. This is not correct. For praying God, at least half-an-hour should be allocated in a day. Every house contains a Prayer-Room. It is not for the God. It is the room allocated by you for yourself, to pray God. ..."
ybrao-a-donkey's humble comments. वैबीराव एक गधे के विनम्र राय . వైబీరావ్ గాడిద వినమ్ర వాణి. You have every right to differ with me. I respect your right. आपको मेरे मत से भिन्न राय रखने के संपूर्ण हक है। मै उस अधिकार को परिपूर्ण रूप से गौरव देता हुँ. మీకు, మీ భిన్నమైన అభిప్రాయాన్ని కలిగిఉండే సంపూర్ణ హక్కు ఉంది. దానిని ఎంతో నేను గౌరవిస్తాను. However, pl. examine this donkey's views also. परन्तु एस गधे के दृष्टिकोण को भी अनुशीलन कीजिये. కానీ ఈ గాడిద దృష్టికోణాన్ని కూడ ఓర చూపుతో కంటజూడుమీ, క్రీగంట జూడమీ.
Population of India has gone up from 36 crore in 1947, to 130 crore in 2016. This country is unable to meet the demands for foodgrains, clothing, housing, old age security, education, health-care. Whatever we produce is not sufficient for this population. In a few years, we are going to surpass China, as the LARGEST POPULATED COUNTRY IN THE WORLD.
The problem with our preachers of ALL RELIGIONS is, they think that they know everything.
In our country, our householders know more than PREACHERS OF ALL RELIGIONS. This is because, preachers never work hard for their livelihood. They live as parasites, collecting donations from Realtors, corrupt bureaucrats and politicians, blackmarketeers, smugglers, financial offenders.
It is hightime and imperative that PREACHERS do something at least part-time for their livelihood. They should try to produce some goods or services which will be really useful to the society. At least, they should spin some yarn on a spinning wheel or a takli, everyday, enough for their ochre robes, or preaching dresses.
Some relevant Epic tales and Folk Tales are worth recollecting.
TALE OF BULLOCKS WORKING HARD ON OUR agricultural FARMS
Once Lord Shiva called his Vehicle Nandi and asked him to go to Earth and deliver a message to all humans: "Bathe trice a day. Eat once". Nandi went to earth. He forgot Shiva's message on the way, and reversed his sentences. He told humans: "Eat trice a day. Bathe once". As per Shiva's instructions conveyed through Nandi, all the humans (in India) started eating trice a day, and bathing once a day. As food-grain consumption went up, scarcity of food resulted. The News reached Lord Shiva. He called Nandi and sought his explanation. Nandi confessed his error. Lord Shiva, then directed Nandi: "Owing to your error, food scarcity arose on Earth (India). Go to earth, become a plough bullock, till the soil, help the farmer in cultivation, and enable him to produce enough food.
Thus we have (had) bullocks- incarnation of NandISvara, all over India, to help farmers in ploughing land, carrying produce to home by pulling carts, etc. etc. Nandi's female version, Cow started nurturing us with its milk. Of course, oxen are disppearing in India, with the advent of tractors. Actually, we should breed more oxen and cows AND NOT HUMANS, and save them from becoming an endangered specis. Till then, shall we expect that our Swamijis who want us to breed four children, to help us in ploughing our lands, by carrying yokes. (yoke=yOGA).
Our preacher Swamijis do not know, that there is no link between the number of children and the welfare of old parents. We can see numerous examples, where parents who have bred more than two children, being abandoned by their sons and daughters, because they themselves have no food to eat. In respect of two children families, be they sons or daughters, they will at least have some money to the old parents, though they may be working at a distant place, as there is no land to cultivate. Taking care of old parents, depends more on the "character" and the "circumstances" of the children.
In India's culture, "sanyAsa" is the last stage (Ashrama) of our lives. The first is brahmacharya (celibacy i.e. the stage of studenthood), the second is grihastha (householder), the third is vAnaprastha (residing in a forest- with intent to curtail family bonds gradually), and the fourth and final: sanyAsa (Renunciation). A person who directly skips the two most important stages of householdership, and solitary-dwelling and jumps to Renunciation, will not get true renunciation.
Such monk will be immature, because he will not know the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT analysis) of a householder. Calling immature monks "fake" monks will be too rude a vocabulary, though in reality they are fake. Another reason, is a person who jumps householdership and solitary-forest-living will not be able to shed "sangam" i.e. "attachments". Though such monk may wear kAshAyas (ochre-red robes), he will not be free from "rAgam" and "dvEsham" i.e. "my" and "their". Consequently, our monks of ALL RELIGIONS suffer from a false attitude of "my religion is great", "their religion is trash", whereas in reality every religion will have its own merits and demerits.
So the message from the foregoing paragraph: If at all any advice is to be given, that discourse should be given by a householder. The Receivers of the messages should be monks. Not vice versa. The householder should be such, who has discharged all his householders duties as per the SAstras, and used his spare time to earn "gnAna" (awareness).
This is the message which our Great Epic Mahabharata conveyed through the Stories of the Monk Kausika, the Housewife- whom Kausika wanted to reduced in ashes by looking at her in anger as if cursing her, the "dharmavyAdha" the meat-seller whom Kausika had to approach for seeking gnAna.
IS DAILY PRAYER OF AT LEAST HALF-AN-HOUR NECESSARY? IS A PRAYER-ROOM NECESSARY?
There is no proof of existence of God. Even if he-she exists, there is no proof of his-her listening to our prayers or paying attention to our meditations.
If at all a God exists, if at all he-she listens to prayers of ONLY DEVOTEES, and saves them, then he-she will not be a God-Goddess at all. There will not be any difference between a higher officer who heeds to "flatterers" and the God-Goddesses who listen to "prayer-walahs".
We are here to do our duty towards ourselves, our family, our society, our country, our Earth (prakriti), and disappear in due course, just as a ripe leaf or a ripe fruit falls on earth and disintegrates.
Prayers result only in waste of time. Unfortunately, there are religions in the world, in India, in Andhra Pradesh, which require their followers to pray five times a day. The followers also blindly go to the prayerhouses and pray, because there will mikes, there will be colleagues to remind and press attendance. It is all waste of time and effort.
People are neither sheep, nor God-Goddesses are shepherds.
Where is the space for prayer rooms? Our Swamiji may be visiting HOUSES OF RICH PERSONS who have many rooms. In these days of spiralling prices and rents, even if we pay Rs. 10,000 per month, we can't get a portion / flat with a prayer room. Even in case of own houses, amidst spiralling prices, middle class families are also under pressure to close their prayer rooms and let them out to make some moolah.
In most houses of poor and lower-middle class, apart from a kitchen, there will be a multi-purpose room called "living room" in which there will be a small or big TV. All the family members eat there. Children do their home-work sitting before TVs. During the night, while husband and wife sleep in a small adjacent bed room, parents and children sleep in the TV Room. In our cities, couples who have a BED ROOM should be considered as the luckiest. Else, even breeding children will have to take place in the TV Room or kitchen.
Childhood experiences of ybrao-a-donkey
My father, when he had four children, he could not look after his parents. Nor could do it, after he got six children.
When I was studying V to VIII at Bapatla, our family used to live in a rented portion consisting of one room and one warrandah. The one room was used as kitchen-cum-store-cum-dining-room. Our family of father-mother + 3 children used to sleep in the warrandah. My fourth brother was born in the warrandah.
When I was studying IX to XVII in Guntur, our family used to live in a thatched hut measuring 10' x 12 ft. In a 3' thatched warrandah attached to it in front, we used to tie a miltch buffalo and its calf. My last two brothers were born in the hut.
My paternal grandfather died a pauper in spite of having 7 children. My maternal grandfather died, making my maternal grandmother a housemaid for livelihood, leaving 7 children to bring up. My father-in-law too suffered from 6 children.
The purpose of writing these personal things is NOT FOR BOASTING. I wish that children in families with more than 2 children should not suffer a hell, because their parents breed more and more under influence from our Preachers, politicians (Mr. Chandra Babu Naidu (See my blog Post No. ), as far as I recollect Mr. Narendra Modi, also talked about India's Prosperity with More Children). Our Preachers and Rulers seem to think that Population is Wealth !
Preachers of all religions have every right to defend and propagate their religions, probably raise the populations of their religions. BUT THEY SHOULD NOT , IN THE PROCESS, CAUSE GREAT INCONVENIENCE AND SUFFERING TO THE NEW CHILDREN WHO WILL BE BORN, because people are gullible. They may think that their religion will be safe, if they breed four children, instead of just one or two.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST, ONE STORY FOR OUR GREAT GREAT MONK
Sage Narada, we all know was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu. Narada used to take great pride in his devotion to Vishnu. Vishnu knew it, and wanted to teach Narada a lesson. From this point we get two BRANCHES of the stories.
Lord Vishnu gave Narada, a plate full of oil, filled upto its brim and edges. Lord asked Narada to carry it along all the three worlds, without SPILLING EVEN A DROP on the way.
Narada toured all the three worlds and came back with the Oil Plate. He said "HAh hhahha". He added "I came back successfully as instructed by you without spilling even a drop of oil on the ground".
Vishnu: "I am glad you have great concentration. But, I shall ask you one question? During your travel, how many times, did you think of me?". Narada knows that Vishnu knew, that he (Narada) did not think of Lord, even once.
Lord said smiling: "You have all the time in the world, to pray me. No wonder, you spent some of your time praying me. Now, the householder on Earth has to attend to so many domestic problems. How do you want him to spare time for praying God?
Lord Vishnu asked Narada to fetch him some drinking water. Narada went to River to bring water. There, he found a damsel. Tempted by her beauty, Narada asked the girl to marry him. She directed Narada to her father. With her father's consent, both married. They got children, grand children. With large family and number of mouths to feed, Narada was searching everyday for ways and means to fill the bellies of their children. Narada forgot about water which he had to carry from the River to Lord Vishnu. Then, there was a big flood. Narada's whole family, i.e. wife, children, grand-children were swept away. Narada found himself alone on the River Bank, with an empty pot. He forgot the purpose for which he went there.
Later, when he went to Vaikuntham (Vishnu's abode), Lord reminded him about the water, which has to bring from the River. Then Narada realised his mistake.
At present our three Defence forces ( Army, Navy, Airforce) do not face any shortage of humans (prima facie). The shortage is highly-critical for guns, tanks, vehicles, drones, missiles, frigates, fighter aircraft, ice-breaking trucks, radars, reconnaissance vessels etc etc. We need billions to import them. Alternatively, we have to manufacture them in India, purchasing foreign technology. Now our Swamiji wants to more kAli banTlu !!!
By just prefixing "paripoorNa" (all-complete, fully integrated), nobody will become paripOOrNa. By suffixing Saraswati, to an artificial name, nobody will become a real Saraswati (Goddess of Learning). This happened for Swami Vivekananda (Ananda = Joy. Viveka= Wisdom. A person who gets joy from Wisdom). Finally what did our Great Vivekananda rejoice in doing? Sacrificing a goat for Durga Pooja. Fancy names may make innocent persons to believe that whatever said by our Ochre-robe wearers are great words.
Names do not alter facts. A person named "PenTaiah" , in real life, may be a gentleman and good samaritan.
Question: How will you solve this problem, when your pet philosophy of "True Socialism" is implemented?
Ans: Who am I to decide ? I may not even be alive by that time. The Proletariat Parties who compete with one another in a Proletarian Democracy have to decide, whether to allocate some physical work to all preachers and discoursers or not. In my personal view, there will be no need of Preachers and Discoursers in a Proletarian Democracy. Soviet Union immediately after the Bolshevik Revolution showed the way, by converting Churches into Potato godowns. (Later they were reconverted back into Churches, it is a different story).
So what is the summary of this Episode?
Telugu: దేశానికి ఉపకారం చేయలేనపుడు కనీసం అపకారం చేయకుండా ఉంటే అదే చాలు. English: If any person is unable to do good to his country, it will be suffice if he does not do anything which is harmful to the country.
Subject to substantial Revision, additions and deletions. To continue and revise this, with more proof.. सशेष. సశేషం.